Congratulations, Ms. Yvette!

March 25, 2021

Though we are sad to see her leave the director position at Primary Colors Early Learning Center, we are so proud and happy to announce Ms. Yvette will be pursuing her passion for clinical research by working on a COVID-19 research study. In a year like we’ve had the last twelve months, it is even…

Happy International Women’s Day

March 8, 2021

Happy International Women’s Day! Throughout history, women have taught children across the world. In America, women cared for young children in their homes and then eventually in schools. They began to gain certifications in teaching from teachers colleges, developed the field professionally, and advocated for the betterment of schools. Today, the education workforce is overwhelmingly…

Children’s Books that Promote Racial Equity

February 5, 2021

Learning to read not only allows children to gain skills in literacy, but they also gain access to learning about the world around them- from their favorite animals and outer space to the complex social justice issues and everything in between. Reading is a crucial skill that we use daily to gain knowledge, understand information,…

Durham PreK Annual Report

January 15, 2021

Durham PreK began as an idea to serve Durham’s young children, and grew into a collaborative program with private child care centers, Durham Public Schools, Durham Head Start and NC Pre-K. Early childhood leaders in Durham served on a task force with the mission to determine the necessary components of a universal pre-K program, and…

Reading & Classroom Library

November 30, 2020

The classroom library center is another place in the classroom that allows children to build foundational skills for future academic learning and to explore their interests. Part of developing literacy skills is learning about books themselves, looking at the pictures, and creating their own words for the story. Once the children begin to learn how…

Music and Movement

November 30, 2020

Music and movement activities can teach children many different kinds of skills. They can learn about patterns by hitting the drum or shaking an egg shaker to a certain beat, which also includes practicing coordination for big and small movements. Music and movement can also teach strategies for handling their emotions and solving problems. Teachers…

Outdoor Play

November 30, 2020

Outdoor Play is very important to the growth and development of our children. It offers opportunities for our children to be active and develop social skills. For example, learning to take turns on the swings, making up rules to a game and following them as a group, teamwork, and building friendships. It also offers opportunities…

Arts & Crafts

November 30, 2020

Children typically do one of two things at the art station: open-ended or teacher-guided art. Both encourage imagination, coordination, and expression through art. Open-Ended Art Open-ended art allows children to choose their materials and create something entirely from their imagination. Allowing children to choose how to express themselves encourages them to explore their own interests,…

Stages of Play

November 30, 2020

Just as children learn to talk and walk, they learn to play! Below you will find the stages of play from Head Start’s Family Engagement materials. Children typically start by playing alone and focused on their own interests, and then gradually begin to play more collaboratively with other children. Plays by self Child plays alone…

Sensory Table

November 30, 2020

Sensory tables allow children to explore new ideas and use their senses to make observations. They can feel the sand and water at the table, they can see how water and sand move to fill the container they’re in, and they can hear what it sounds like when water falls into different sized containers. These tables also help…

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The 2021-2022 Durham PreK Application is now open! Click here to access the application information and materials.